EIR – En-route instrument rating

Name: En route instrument rating

What’s this and what does it authorize to?

With this licence your route-flights aren’t restricted to good weather. You have the opportunity to take off according to VMC from an airport that is operating according to VFR and then you may fly during the route according to IMC (for example in cloud or above closed clouds). But this licence isn’t a full instrument rating that’s why it’s a condition to know when you arrive at the airport there must be such a weather forecast that you may land according to VFR. So this licence is good for flying your route only among instrumental circumstances.

Who and why?

First of all it can happen easily that during a flight you get into instrumental circumstances because the weather becomes bad. In this case your life could depend on whether you can fly with instruments and you can fly back to the airport where you have taken off or you can fly to another airport where you can land according to VFR (with the help of the air traffic controller or information services). This training could also be good if you want to get an IR (instrumental rating) sooner or later (with IR you can take off and land in bad weather from/to well-equipped airports, too) but you would like to do the training divided into sections because of financial reasons. Consequently we count in your EIR training into the theoretical and practical parts of the IR.

How can you start it?

After getting your PPL licence you can start your EIR training relatively soon. When you collect 20 hours of route-flights as a PIC, you may apply for theoretical training.

The course of the training:

The training consists of at least 80 hours of theoretical and 15 hours of practical training.

What’s the next?

As we wrote it earlier, the next step could be the instrument rating (IR) or the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training. We count in your EIR’s flight-hours by both cases.